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He Was Well On His Way To Becoming a Pro Surfer Until an Accident Ended His Career – B-Side Trax …

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Growing up surfing the North Shore, he was the youngest finalist ever at the Pipeline Masters.  Just one week later, he took a spill at Pipeline that gave him over 150 stitches in his forehead, knocked out a few of his teeth & ended his pro surfing career.

So instead of crying over his misfortune ( maybe he did a little … ) he put down his surfboard & picked up a guitar.  All his debut album in 2001 did was go Platinum here, Britain & the UK.  Well played Sir ..

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:               Get The Balance Right ! – Depeche Mode
Tuesday:               Flake – Jack Johnson
Wednesday:         Stop The Rock – Apollo 440
Thursday:             Gotta Get Away – The Offspring
Friday:                  Bathwater – No Doubt
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Too Rolling Stoned – Robin Trower
Tuesday:                Better Man – Pearl Jam
Wednesday:          Fairies Wear Boots – Black Sabbath
Thursday               Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
Friday:                   Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

B-Well,

Mike

This legendary Guitarist Used to Carry a Broom Around in Grade School – B-Side Trax: FEB 12th 2019

It’s true !  His Father couldn’t afford to buy one for him & neither could/would his school.  One day, he was helping his Dad clean out garbage from an elderly woman’s house & he found a ukulele that only had one string.  She let him keep it and a star had his humble beginning …



Below, is the very 1st song he ever wrote & one of my personal faves – enjoy !

B-Side Trax:

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:                Love Removal Machine – The Cult
Tuesday:                Strength – The Alarm
Wednesday:          Jealous – Gene Loves Jezebel
Thursday               52 Girls – B-52’s
Friday:                   Vertigo – U2

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Let it Ride – Bachman Turner Overdrive
Tuesday:                Everything Zen – Bush
Wednesday:          I Hope You’re Feeling Better – Santana
Thursday               Monday I’ve Got Friday on My Mind – The Easybeats
Friday:                   Stone Free – Jim Hendrix

B-Special,


Mike

B-Side Trax Classic Launches Monday March 4th !! FEB 5th 2019

Yep, it’s finally here !  B-Side Trax was originally conceived as a Classic Rock Program.  But, for various logistical & strategic reasons, I released the Alternative version first.  Now, almost four years after the Alternative show debuted, it is with great pleasure that I introduce “B-Side Classic”.


Same tried & true formula, different genre of Songs Unburnt.  Mainly 70’s & 80’s centric, we’ll dip back into the 60’s to touch on some psychedelia AND lean into the 90’s to feature some of those great bands & stories too.  I hope you enjoy the new format as much as I’ll enjoy bringing it to you !!

                                                                                                                                 Beginning on March 4th !!
B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:                All I Need is a Miracle – Mike & The Mechanics
Tuesday:                Last Nite – The Strokes
Wednesday:          Mercury Blues – David Lindley
Thursday               Touch, Peel & Stand – Days of The New
Friday:                   Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Shot Down in Flames – AC/DC
Tuesday:                On a Plain – Nirvana
Wednesday:          Light Up – Styx
Thursday               White Bird – It’s a Beautiful Day
Friday:                   Still They Ride – Journey

B-Well,

Mike

This Band Turned Down a Million Dollar$$ To Re-Record Their 6th Album !! B-Side Trax: JAN 29th 2019

The record company said it wasn’t rock enough to play on rock radio & that it was more suited to Urban Radio …  Good thing they didn’t !  The band knew they had to release an album that was even better than their previous blockbuster, and they were convinced that they had.  They were right !



All it did was go 6x Platinum !!

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:                Nobody’s Diary – Yaz
Tuesday:                Welcome To Jamrock – Damian Nesta ‘Jr Gong’ Marley
Wednesday:          Industrial Disease – Dire Straits
Thursday               Mother Mother – Tracy Bonham
Friday:                   Pop Song ’89 – REM
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Were To Now St Peter ? – Elton John
Tuesday:                Kick – INXS  
Wednesday:          Plain Shame – Peter Frampton
Thursday               Day After Day – Badfinger
Friday:                   No More Tears – Ozzy Ozbourne 

B-Nice,


Mike

Do You Know Which Band Named Themselves after a Monty Python Skit ? B-Side Trax: JAN 22nd 2019

Sure enough.  The boys met while attending San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.  The singer/songwriter/guitarist was only 15.  Their very 1st live performance was at an open-mic contest (they didn’t win)


How did they come by their name ?  My best guess is, a whole lotta late-night TV …


B-Side Trax:


Monday:                All I Want – Toad The Wet Sprocket
Tuesday:                Accidents Never Happen – Blondie
Wednesday:          Rush – Big Audio Dynamite
Thursday               Burn it To The Ground – Nickelback
Friday:                   Peter Gunn Theme – Art of Noise

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Mama Kin – Aerosmith
Tuesday:                ‘Round Here – Counting Crows
Wednesday:          Stone Cold – Rainbow
Thursday               Kick Out The Jams – MC5
Friday:                   The Zoo – Scorpions

B-Awesome,


Mike

There’s No Demo For This Huge Hit Because It was Written The Day it Was Recorded – B-Side Trax: JAN 8th 2019

The album was coming off two huge albums and the pressure was on to produce another.  Composed entirely by the guitarist, it is a rock opera set in London and Brighton in 1965 & follows a young mod & his search for importance.

              Brighton Beach

Written in Oxford & Carnaby Streets between appointments Pete just carried it into the studio later that day and the rest as they say is history … 

B-Side Trax:

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:                Heaven – Psychedelic Furs
Tuesday:                My Favourite Game – The Cardigans

Wednesday:          The Red – Chevelle

Thursday               Never Give Up – Common Sense
Friday:                   People Are People – Depeche Mode

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Stone Blue – Foghat
Tuesday:                Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
Wednesday:          Too Young To Fall in Love – Motley Crue
Thursday               Dancing in The Moonlight – King Harvest
Friday:                   5:15 – The Who

B-Free,

Mike

Last Week on The B-Side – JAN 1st 2019

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Don’t Cry – Guns & Roses / Click To Play Show

Monday: Peekaboo – Siouxee & The Banshees
Tuesday: JAR – Green Day
Wednesday: Rockefeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
Thursday Ready, Steady, Go – Generation X
Friday: Don’t Cry – Guns & Roses

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Be Good Johnny – Men at Work / Click To Play Show

Monday: Taxi – Harry Chapin
Tuesday: Be Good Johnny – Men at Work
Wednesday: A Fine, Fine Day – Tony Carey
Thursday Mama Told Me Not to Come – 3 Dog Night
Friday: The Wizard – Black Sabbath

B-Cool,

Mike

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of DEC 31st: This Hall of Fame Band Got Turned Down By a Pub – B-Side Trax …

Believe it or not, this band tried to get a local Birmingham pub to sponsor them in their early years.  The pub, Mitchells & Butlers, politely declined, but the band carried on anyway. 

16 studio albums & a Hall of Fame career later, the band did just fine.  The pub seems to be doing okay too, but I’ll bet they’d like another shot at that sponsorship ….  

Oh yeah, by the way – Merry Christmas !!

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:


Monday:                Middle of The Road – The Pretenders
Tuesday:                19 – Paul Hardcastle
Wednesday:          1 Step Closer – Linkin Park
Thursday               King of Swing – Big, Bad VooDoo Daddy
Friday:                   Police & Thieves – The Clash
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                The Other Side of Life – The Moody Blues
Tuesday:                The One I Love – REM
Wednesday:          Lady – Beck, Bogert & Appice
Thursday               If I Fell – The Beatles
Friday:                   Hurricane – Bob Dylan

B-Free,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of DEC 18th: Chris stole 50 Pence from his Mum’s Purse to Start a Legendary Band – B-Side Trax …

It’s true, Chris used the money to put an advertisement in a local sweet shop window seeking a guitarist for a band he didn’t yet have.  Only one person responded, but it was enough.  The duo were hailed as “the heirs to Lennon and McCartney‘s throne” in the early 80’s. 

To coin an old phrase, ‘if you’re not cheatin’ you’re not tryin’.  I’m sure he’s been forgiven by his dear Mum by now ( I hope ) ….


B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show: 


Monday:                 Smoke 2 Joints – Sublime
Tuesday:                Toy Soldiers – Martika
Wednesday:           Frank Sinatra – Cake
Thursday               Tempted – Squeeze 
Friday:                  Breathe – Prodigy
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                In The Dark – Billy Squier
Tuesday:                On Top of The World – Cheap Trick
Wednesday:           Nobody’s Fool – Cinderella
Thursday               Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer
Friday:                  Easy Livin’ – Uriah Heep

B-Free,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of DEC 11th: 2 High School Classmates & Florida State Dropouts Formed One of The Biggest Post Grunge Bands – B-Side Trax …

Initially struggling to get gigs in their hometown of Tallahassee, they set up their own shows in family restaurants.  Wanting to play a ‘real show’, they convinced a local club owner that they could bring at least 200 people.  He liked what he heard and agreed to manage the band &
Creed, one of the biggest post-grunge bands of the 90’s was born !

I wonder what would’ve happened if he’d said no ….

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show: 


Monday:                 Scooby Snacks – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Tuesday:                One – Creed
Wednesday:          Caterpillar – The Cure
Thursday               Lake of Fire – Nirvana 
Friday:                   Who Do You Want to Be ? – Oingo Boingo
  

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 


Monday:                Katmandu – Bob Seger
Tuesday:                Destination Unknown – Missing Persons
Wednesday:          Freewheeler – Nazareth
Thursday               The Letter – The Boxtops
Friday:                   All The Girls Love Alice – Elton John

B-Free,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com